Merry Christmas, and I mean it in the nice sense of the phrase

This is from last year (with a little polishing up), but it’s worth repeating.

While I do believe that some traditions should be put to rest, I also believe that a lot of tradition-bashers are poor-impulse-control cases. Having abandones any actual tradition or culture of their own, they fill the void with a couple of Utne Reader platitudes, a mild revulsion for anything even vaguely Judeo-Christian, even if it aligns with their beliefs, a pro-pot slant and a half-formed belief in eye-for-eye karmic payback.

Standing for almost nothing, they tend to fall for just about anything.

Chris Baldwin’s summed it up pretty handily — and perhaps unintentionally — in a Bruno comic from last year:

Photo: Bruno whining (what else is new?) about Christmas.

To borrow the line about Klansmen and Martin Luther King Day: C’mon, Bruno, how hardcore a secularist must you be to not want a day off?

Of course, those of us who celebrate Christmas would argue the exact opposite: here we took a beautiful Christian holdiay and destroyed it through corportization and “We’re white, we’re straight, we’re sorry!” guilt.

(There’s a Randroid who would take another tack and say “here we took a beautiful commerical holiday and destroyed it in usual religious fashion.” Haven’t we developed some kind of Ayn Rand repellent yet?)

In the end, I believe that intent counts.

I’m certain there is no malice, no implicit “convert or die” message and no forcing of one’s beliefs on others when someone wishes someone else a Happy Chanukah, Eid, Diwali, Kwanzaa, Saturnalia, Tet or even Festivus, the actions of certain vicious zealots notwithstanding. Balanced minds do not see any implied Hitler overtones at Oktoberfest nor Hirohito/Tojo insinuations at the sushi house, and neither do they see the Crusades in Christmas.

When people say “Merry Christmas”, most of them are really saying “Happy Holidays, and I’m celebrating them Christmas-style. You do your thing, and I’ll do mine. Come by for drinks.”

That what I’m really saying, anyways.

No matter what you believe, enjoy the break from the hustle and bustle of 21st century life. Be nice to each other. Hug someone you love.

Merry Christmas, everyone.

6 replies on “Merry Christmas, and I mean it in the nice sense of the phrase”

Two comments were prompted:

a) Me too.

b) I had to read the Ayn Rand Institute link twice, and then go to just to make sure this wasn’t a parody. It reads like a Landover Baptist story.

Merry Christmas,


Merry Christmas, Accordion Guy !

Have a Joyous Winter Solstice !


Oneg Shabbat !


Eid Mubarak !!

Happy Kwanzaa !!

Happy St. Stephen’s Day


Happy Boxing Day !!

Happy Un – Birthday !!

And let’s not forget my favorite holiday

Happy Another Day Above Ground Day !

Joshua Day, Roanoke, VA USA

Merry Christmas and a Kickass New Year. May 2004 be the best year ever. I’m glad to have a friend like you Joey!!! Cheers!

Dammit, I have to freakin sign up to have my name appear!

But dude I freakin hate Xmas and the freakin consumerism that leaves everybody broke as hell!………..but mostly IM bitter cuz i have absolutely no money and I havent bought absolutely anything for myself in like 3 months. Damn Xmas! 🙂 At least Im eating yummy Puerto Rican food and its currently, what, 80 degrees and I went to the beach today? Muuuuahahahah!! Suffer you puny North Americans buried under piles of snow! But Merry Xmas to you Joey!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Have fun!

🙂 AMY (

Feliz Navidad, Amy!

While the temperature is hovering arund 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit) in Toronto, do you know what I’m doing next week? Flying to Canmore, Alberta for the wedding of my friends Ashley and Chris. The temperature there is around -15 degrees C (5 degrees Fahrenheit)!

Tonight, at the deVilla extended family gathering (21 people, mostly cousins, aunts and uncles), we’re having lengua (scroll down for the definition). Mmmmmm…

Next Christmas, I’m probably going to visit relatives in the Philippines.

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